Collecting John Camden Hotten


Collecting John Camden Hotten
The April 2013 seminar in the book-collecting series organised jointly by the Institute of English Studies (London University) and the Rare Book Society was given by Professor Simon Eliot, Director of the London Rare Books School, as well as Professor of the History of the Book at the School of Advanced Study, University of London, Deputy Director of its Centre for Manuscript and Print Studies and visiting Professor of Book History at the Open University. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.

His publications include Some Patterns and Trends in British Publishing 1800-1919 1994 and A Handbook to Literary Research (with W. R. Owens) 1998. He was an Associate Editor of the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography and is editor of the journal Publishing History. He has recently been appointed General Editor of the new four-volume History of Oxford University Press.

The subject of the seminar was that mercurial bookseller, publisher, rogue and antiquary, John Camden Hotten (1832-1873), whose quirky and offbeat publications stand out in any collection of Victorian books. Simon Eliot wrote his life for the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography as well as the essay, “Hotten, Rotten, Forgotten”? An Apologia for a General Publisher (in Book History, 2000).

The seminar took place at 6pm on Tuesday 9 April 2013 at Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU. 

The seminars are aimed at a broad audience including book-collectors, book-dealers, historians of all kinds, librarians, indeed at anyone with an interest in collecting any sort of text from the sixth-former to the retired professor. The atmosphere is informal, as are the presentations. They are held in the University of London’s Senate House and run from 6.00pm on the second Tuesday of each month. All are very welcome. They are free and open to the public.